Is Affiliate Marketing Dead? (Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Review)
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Is affiliate marketing dead?
For a long time, it’s been a viable “make money online” business model, but lately I’ve been getting more and more questions about the future of affiliate marketing.
PPV is dead…
Display ads (for the most part) are dead….
Pop ups (except for email captures) are dead….
But affiliate marketing is not dead.
Affiliate marketing isn’t dead because the goal of a business, online or not, is to make sales. An affiliate marketer is just another way for businesses to make sales.
Companies and brands will almost never refuse to have other people sell their products, whether it’s directly to their email list or through a review on their website. Besides, some companies depended almost entirely on affiliate marketing. They will fight tooth and nail to ensure that their revenue keeps coming in.
15% of revenue in the digital space comes from affiliate marketing and 80% of brands use affiliate marketing. Does that sound dead to you? In fact, with the way that big retailers like Macy’s are getting squeezed, it’s more critical than ever before to bring on affiliate marketers.
I will tell you this – it’s definitely harder for affiliate marketers to make money if they’re using the same tired strategies. You can’t just buy a domain, slap a few low-quality pages on it, and expect it to rank for niche keywords.
Today, affiliate marketing requires some more in-depth skills. It requires SEO, blogging, social media, and even targeted online advertising. If you’re not willing to invest the time and energy to learn these skills, affiliate marketing is dead for you.
People are still making a huge amount of money from affiliate marketing. For example, Michelle Schroeder-Gardener made over $130,000 last month from her blog.
There are several reasons why people think affiliate marketing is dead. One reason is that they try for a short period of time (like less than six months) and give up. Affiliate marketing pays off more and more as you work it – it’s like compound interest.
Another reason is that what they’ve been taught doesn’t work or they simply don’t learn enough to help them succeed. These are probably the most common reasons. Fortunately, they are fixable as long as you’re willing to invest in yourself.
My Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review
If you want to make more money as an affiliate marketer (or even your first dollar), you have to check out the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course. It’s taught by Michelle Schroeder-Gardener, so you know it’s legit.
Don’t take your advice from someone who doesn’t know what he/she is talking about. Take your advice from the person who is consistently making more than $100K per month.
At the time of this writing, the course is only $197. I’ve noticed a lot of people complaining about how that’s too expensive, but you can easily make that money back with the knowledge you gain from the course. After all, you just have to make a few affiliate sales.
Oh, and I know that a lot of these online reviews aren’t trustworthy, so here’s a screenshot to prove that, yes, I actually purchased the course. Here it is:
Anyway, I was on the fence for a long time, but eventually made the purchase because the course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. I figured that I would give it a try, and if it was complete crap, I’d promptly get my money back.
Well, it wasn’t complete crap. The stuff at the beginning seemed a little basic (which is good if you’re a beginner) but the rest was awesome. Michelle talked about:
One of the things I liked the most about the course is that is text-based. There are no videos involved, so if you prefer video courses, this may not be a good fit. I, on the other hand, prefer text-based courses so I can read them on the go. If I’m in front of a desktop or laptop, I’m working, not watching videos.
Plus, it’s self-paced. There are no open or close dates for enrollment and you can go as quickly as you want. I got through all of the modules in about four days, although you could probably finish in much less time. Maybe a day if you wanted to.
I’m a pretty big advocate for courses because they put all (or most of) the information you need in one place. Yeah, you can probably do all the research yourself or learn from trial-and-error, but that takes a lot of time. I’d much rather pay $197 and get it over with than invest days or weeks trying to learn the material on my own. Ask yourself this question: how much is your time really worth?
When I started this course, I felt like I already knew much of the content. That’s because the course is structured to assume little to no experience with affiliate marketing. But once I read through the material, I started taking more and more notes. I began putting pieces together and thinking of ways to apply the information to my own websites.
The course has worksheets as well, so you can fill them out as you go through the course. I usually skip over worksheets in courses, but I didn’t this time.
So, what about your results?
Many people saw their affiliate income jump immediately after taking Michelle’s course, and I’m one of them. Of course, people can write about anything they want on a blog. That’s why, once again, I have screenshots for proof. I want you to see that what I’m telling you is the real deal. Here is a screenshot from one of my affiliate products for this past week:
As you can see, I made $347 from one product, in one week. So now the course is 100% paid for and everything that I make from now on is pure profit. That’s the magic of investing in your education.
I’m not going to tell you that you’re going to make a million bucks a month or even ten bucks a month, because that’s completely up to your own effort and how well you apply the information given to you. What I am telling you is that I applied the information and made my investment back fairly quickly.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot – if you end up signing up for the course, you also get access to an exclusive private Facebook group, where you can network with other affiliate marketers. In my opinion, this is just as valuable as the course because you can ask questions and get advice on what’s working in the space. I plan on becoming more active in the group as time goes on.
Remember that it comes with a money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. The only thing standing between you and more affiliate income is the confidence you have to make an investment in yourself and your future.
So there you have it – my Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review. If any of this sounds interesting to you, go ahead and sign up for the course right here.